Born in a Barn With Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak  

Country, Americana, rockabilly, folk and rock … you name it and Chris Isaak plays it, sings it and writes it. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Chris Isaak has sold out concert venues around the world. Throughout his life, Isaak had many opportunities, including a shot at being in the CIA, but his true love has always been music.

Isaak is probably best known for his hit song “Wicked Games” from his album “Heart Shaped World.” The song actually debuted a year before it made it to commercial radio and only hit the charts after being featured in David Lynch’s film “Wild at Heart.” Another of his most popular songs, “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing,” was featured in Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut.”

His involvement in the film industry didn’t stop there, as he acted in “Married to the Mob,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “That Thing You Do” and Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.” He also starred in two television series: the sitcom “The Chris Isaak Show” and “The Chris Isaak Hour” talk show.

Often compared to other performers like Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson and Duane Eddy, Isaak has a wide vocal range which he showcases in his reverb-laden rockabilly revivalist style that’s as recognizable as his slicked-back hair and even slicker attire.

Chris Isaak performs at the Florida Theatre on Dec. 13 in support of his just-released album, “Everybody Knows It’s Christmas.” The album features originals by Isaak as well as covers of classic holiday songs like “Winter Wonderland” and “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.” For more information and to buy tickets, visit floridatheatre.com.

Watch the full interview here. 

About Rob Nicholson

Rob started his media career in the late 80’s working in the Press Office at the Georgia House of Representatives. From there, Rob segued in to Radio at The Voice of Georgia State University, WRAS Album 88.5 in Atlanta. In the early 90’s Rob was picked up by the Radio 2000 Group and became Program Director and later Vice President of Programming USA. In the late 90’s, while running 3 music-driven radio stations in Springfield, Missouri, Rob had the opportunity to put together and launch, Southwest Missouri’s Regional Periodical, 417 Magazine. A publication that is still in circulation today. After selling his interests in Radio 2000 in the early 2000’s, Rob returned to his hometown of Jacksonville Beach, Florida to be near family. For 10 years he worked with the Clear Channel Radio Stations: Planet Radio and KISS-FM. In 2010, Rob took a hiatus from radio and went in to concert promotion and event planning, while also running the now 30 year old Beaches Hospitality Network – the organization that is well known for bringing the Superbowl, 2004 to the beaches area. When presented with the opportunity to work with Folio Weekly Magazine, Rob said, “there was no way I could resist an opportunity to work with the local, independent news magazine in the city I’m from. I can’t wait to get to work every morning”. Rob currently resides in North Jax Beach with his brother, Rich and dog, Tonka.
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